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ESR prepress abstract   -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esr01074

Movements of juvenile and sub-adult striped bass Morone saxatilis in the Saint John River, New Brunswick

S. N. Andrews*, T. Linnansaari, N. M. Leblanc, S. A. Pavey, R. A. Curry

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ABSTRACT: Juvenile striped bass (Age-1) of distinct genetic ancestry were re-located in the Saint John River, New Brunswick in 2014 after a 35-year hiatus of recognition. These juveniles were determined to be highly genetically divergent from all possible source populations, hypothesized to be of Saint John River ancestry, and thus considered evidence of the continued existence of the native stock. Successful recruitment of strong year classes of striped bass within the Saint John River, however, appears to be infrequent. We acoustically tagged and tracked juvenile and sub-adult striped bass (n = 37; age = 2–4) in the Saint John River in both 2015 and 2016, and identified summer feeding and overwintering habitats that established an in-river residency. Following decades of poor or no recruitment of the native striped bass stock, it is now imperative that managers quickly include juvenile and sub-adult striped bass monitoring and protection of their habitats in the conservation and recovery efforts for Saint John River striped bass.